Mark Ruffalo Calls 'Thor: Ragnarok' a 'Universal Road Movie'

– by Joseph Medina

The past day has been absolutely teeming with DC news. Between the "Dawn of the Justice League" special, the "Suicide Squad" trailer, and all the goodies offered up by WB yesterday, it's almost as if Marvel ceased to exist for a hot second. But of course, we know that isn't at all the case. Despite the splash DC is making with their upcoming "Extended Universe," the Marvel train is still going full steam ahead. This year alone we'll be getting "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange," and next year we'll be getting "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," an untitled Spider-Man flick, and finally, "Thor: Ragnarok." It's the last movie on the list that we're here to talk about.

Considering all the good content out there from Marvel, "Thor: Ragnarok" certainly seems like a mile away. That certainly doesn't stop the news from pouring in, especially since it's only a matter of time before the movie shoots. Even more exciting is that Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner/Hulk will be along for the ride this time around. Between the memorable moment in the first "Avengers" movie when Hulk punched Thor, to the characters' very different way of solving problems, it seems fairly clear that this is a true buddy movie in the making.

In a recent interview with Empire, however, actor Mark Ruffalo lets us know that that's not the only thing we can look forward to in the film.

“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with [Charles] Grodin and [Robert] De Niro. I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner... It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading. It’s not where you'd think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think."

A road movie with best buds Hulk and Thor? I don't think you'll be hearing much complaining from people on that one. After all, Marvel is all about switching up the genres in their films, and having something of a road movie would be amazing. Plus, it'll be great to get a solid two hours of interaction between just two superheroes. That was something that worked out well in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" between Cap and Black Widow, so I can only hope that what happens in "Thor: Ragnarok" is half as engaging. Plus, I'd love to see these two travel across the cosmos--that'd be a lot of fun to see.

This comparison does bring a question to mind. In "Midnight Run," in true buddy movie form, the protagonists spend a good portion of the movie fighting one another before finally working together. The difference here is that Banner and Thor are already incredibly familiar with one another. Will we get to see some conflict between these two before they learn to work together properly? That's hard to say, but we probably shouldn't be looking at this stuff too literally--it was just an offhand reference.

If nothing else, hopefully the chemistry between Hemsworth and Ruffalo will help propel the film to greater-than-anticipated heights.

"I love Chris [Hemsworth], and it’s not an accident that we’ve been put together because we have a good time together and we goof off. The fact that we’re moving towards the smart-comedic bent plays into our relationship... [Am I looking forward to going to Asgard?] Hells, yeah.”

What do you think of Ruffalo's comments? Do they get you more excited for the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

"Thor: Ragnarok" hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

SOURCE: Empire

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